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  7. CNES chooses Eiffage TP to complete earthworks for future Ariane 6 launch facilities

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    June 18, 2015

    CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate (DLA) is prime contractor on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for ground launch facilities in French Guiana. After analysing competing bids, it has selected the consortium led by Eiffage TP to complete the earthworks for the future ELA 4 launch complex dedicated to Ariane 6.

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  8. Developmental launchers: Ariane 1 to 3

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    December 2, 2014

    The first Ariane launcher thundered off the launch pad on 24 December 1979. For the first time in the history of space, a heavy-lift 3-stage launcher capable of placing satellites of nearly 1 tonne into geostationary orbit was successfully sent aloft.

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  14. Ariane 1 to 4

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    December 2, 2014

    Overcoming the pull of Earth’s gravity to loft even the smallest object into orbit calls for a truly ‘exceptional machine’, akin to a train consisting almost exclusively of tanker wagons feeding a fuel-hungry locomotive.

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  15. ATV campaign at Guiana Space Centre draws to a close

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    February 25, 2008

    With just 2 weeks to go to the 1st flight of the ATV—Europe’s 1st uncrewed cargo vehicle designed to resupply the International Space Station (ISS)—from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), reconfigured to accommodate and launch this huge spacecraft, an unprecedented campaign is now drawing to a close…

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  16. New European cargo spacecraft set to fly by year-end

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    June 23, 2010

    Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle, the ATV 2 Johannes Kepler, was transported to the Guiana Space Centre on 25 May in readiness for its mission to resupply the ISS later this year.

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  20. Controlling the ATV from Toulouse

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    August 3, 2007

    The ATV Jules Verne, the 1st of Europe’s transfer vehicles that will ferry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), is set to make its maiden flight on 14 February 2008. Most ATV control operations will be performed from Toulouse.

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